Parenting imperfect children

Posting a short blurb from another blog — which was also posting a short blurb — but thought this might be food for thought for many of us. Particularly in light of the recent news regarding the death of a child whose parents were following a published parenting method.

As we all try to raise our children to the glory of God, these words may prove helpful:

For the mommy-inspiration files, from katiekind:

And lastly, and I say this gently, as the parent of grown kids, knowing *insert parenting guru* is also the parent of grown kids: we have wonderful children — he does, I’m sure — and so do I.

But without even knowing his children I can know this about them: they are not perfect. They hurt. They make mistakes. They struggle. They are prideful and overly simplistic at times; and crippled by shame and hesitancy at others. Yes — they are beautiful examples of human beings, his children (I assume), and mine (I know.) But they are not perfect. If they were, they would not be human.

If it were possible to raise children to perfection, then God would have sent a parenting method, not Jesus.

Our marching orders are not to raise our children by a method to be like *insert parenting guru* children. Our marching orders are to be Christians to and with our children.

Thanks to TulipGirl.

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